November 2020 NPD: Call of Duty dominates as next gen begins

November 2020 NPD: Call of Duty dominates as next gen begins
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The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X debuted in November, but gamers turned to recognizable franchises when it came to software. That led to record sales across all categories — but especially for hardware and software, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group.

Here are the results for the month:

November 2020 Dollar Sales, Millions

Nov 2019
Nov 2020
CHG

Total Video Game Sales

$5,162
$6,973
35%
Video Game Hardware

$897
$1,415
58%
Video Game Content (Physical & Digital Full Game, DLC/MTX and Subscription consumer spending across Console, Cloud, Mobile*, Portable, PC and VR) platforms)

$3,974
$5,244
32%
Video Game Accessories

$291
$314
8%
* Mobile spending provided by Sensor Tower

“November 2020 consumer spending across video game hardware, content, and accessories reached a November record $7 billion, 35% higher when compared to a year ago,” NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said. “Year-to-date spending totaled $44.5 billion, 22% higher than the same time period in 2019.”

2020 Year-to-Date Dollar Sales, Millions

2019 YTD
2020 YTD
CHG

Total Video Game Sales

$36,422
$44,468
22%
Video Game Hardware

$2,959
$3,957
34%
Video Game Content (Physical & Digital Full Game, DLC/MTX and Subscription consumer spending across Console, Cloud, Mobile*, Portable, PC and VR) platforms)

$31,772
$38,439
21%
Video Game Accessories

$1,691
$2,071
22%
* Mobile spending provided by Sensor Tower

Let’s check on the software sales for November.

November 2020 NPD: Familiar favorites top the charts

NPD tracks physical sales at retailers, but it also gets digital data directly from publishers. But not every company participates. For example, Nintendo doesn’t share its first-party digital sales, and Activision Blizzard does not provide its Battle.net sales, and Take-Two doesn’t always share its digital sales.

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1
NEW
Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War
Activision Blizzard (Corp)
2
NEW
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Sony (Corp)
4
2
Madden NFL 21
Electronic Arts
5
13
NBA 2K21*
Take 2 Interactive (Corp)
6
NEW
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity*
Nintendo
7
3
Watch Dogs: Legion
Ubisoft
8
7
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Nintendo
9
1
FIFA 21
Electronic Arts
10
NEW
Luigi’s Mansion 3*
Nintendo
16
5
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
Nintendo
17
15
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
Nintendo
18
14
Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
Ubisoft
8
6
Final Fantasy VII: Remake
Square Enix Inc (Corp)
9
7
Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
Ubisoft
10
10
Final Fantasy VII: Remake
Square Enix Inc (Corp)

* Digital sales not included

November 2020 NPD: Top 10 best-selling Nintendo games

Rank
Last Month Rank
November 2020 Top 10 Games (Physical and Full Game Digital for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel) ranked on dollar sales
Publisher
1
NEW
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity*
Nintendo
2
3
Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
Nintendo
3
4
Mario Kart 8: Deluxe*
Nintendo
4
2
Super Mario 3D All-Stars*
Nintendo
5
9
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*
Nintendo
6
NEW
Just Dance 2021
Ubisoft
7
12
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Sony (Corp)
3
NEW
Demon’s Souls
Sony (Corp)
6
9
NBA 2K21*
Take 2 Interactive (Corp)
7
1
FIFA 21
Electronic Arts
8
3
Watch Dogs: Legion
Ubisoft
9
4
Ghost of Tsushima
Sony (Corp)
10
NEW
Sackboy: A Big Adventure
Sony (Corp)

* Digital sales not included

November 2020 NPD: Top 10 best-selling Xbox games

Rank
Last Month Rank
November 2020 Top 10 Games (Physical and Full Game Digital for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel) ranked on dollar sales
Publisher
1
NEW
Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War
Activision Blizzard (Corp)
2
NEW
Marvel’s Avengers
Square Enix Inc (Corp)
8
6
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Activision Blizzard (Corp)
9
5
Star Wars: Squadrons
Electronic Arts
10
4
NHL 21
Electronic Arts

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* Digital sales not included


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